Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow – Ranji Trophy, India’s premier red-ball tournament will return after a year’s absence as the BCCI set plans in motion for the Indian domestic season. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy will also resume with the season to kick start in September. The Women’s and U-19 level games will also return to forefront as BCCI looks to place impetus on the domestic calendar.
As per the Indian Express, the BCCI has eyed the start of the domestic season with the U-19 boys one-day tournament, the Vinoo Mankad Trophy in September. The seniors will begin their season with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from the third week of October followed by one-day Vijay Hazare Trophy in November. Should things go according to plan, the BCCI eyes to conduct the Ranji Trophy and the U-25 games in January 2022.
The report states that BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George has been given charge of preparing the domestic calendar for the forthcoming season. A tentative schedule was sent by the secretary Jay Shah in July but the BCCI had to alter its old schedule due to the IPL mega auction and the pandemic. As per the old fixture list, the board were planning to host the Ranji Trophy from November 16 to February 19 2022 but will now hold the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the same timeframe.
The BCCI has also decided to conduct the U-19 games to prepare and select the team for the ICC Under-19 Worle Cup which is scheduled to be held in January next year. The board could not conduct any junior cricket for the last one year. The BCCI are also expected to announce a new five-member junior selection committee. However, it’s not clear whether the board will go ahead with U-16 tournaments despite announcing it earlier.